November 16, 2010 4 Comments
Now that we are scrumming daily and we have agreed a 2 weeks cadence, it is time to start planning for the next set of meetings: Planning, Demos (Reviews) and Retrospectives.
Scrum has four meetings or ceremonies that you must do within a iteration. Here is how they are described by the Scrum Alliance
- Planning: the team meets with the product owner to choose a set of work to deliver during a sprint
- Daily scrum: the team meets each day to share struggles and progress
- Demo/Reviews: the team demonstrates to the product owner what it has completed during the sprint
- Retrospectives: the team looks for ways to improve the product and the process.
Show me the money!
The value in Demo meetings is that you get to see what the team has done and how it brings value to your customers. However, it is not as simple as it sounds… there are two things that can make a Demo inefficient:
- Lack of preparation – people scrambling for demos, you hear things such as “it used to work 2 hours ago, but it is broken now due to work for the next iteration”
- Old habits (die hard) – the tendency is still to ask people “did you finish?”, and then tick the box, rather than “show me what you did?”
This is pretty challenging to do remotely, hence I have enlisted the help of technology. Read more of this post